Los Angeles creates ‘Cyber Intrusion Command Center’

LOS ANGELES, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, citing warnings by President Barack Obama and National Intelligence Director James Clapper about the threat of attacks on computer networks, on Wednesday announced the creation of the city’s first “Cyber Intrusion Command Center.”

The command center, which will be operated with the assistance of the FBI and Secret Service, will be staffed by cyber security experts who will scan the city’s computer networks for threats and quickly respond to breaches, according to the mayor’s office.

In his executive directive ordering creation of the command center, Garcetti pointed to a February 2013 order by Obama in which the president called cyber threats one of the most serious economic and national security challenges facing the country.

He also noted that Clapper, in testifying before Congress in March and April of 2013, warned of state and non state actors “using cyber techniques and capabilities to achieve strategic objectives by gathering sensitive information from public and private sector entities.”

“We’re more concerned about city operations. Our traffic systems, our street services,” she said, adding that officials were also worried about identity theft involving city employees or hackers who might compromise systems.

Full article: Los Angeles creates ‘Cyber Intrusion Command Center’ (Zawya)

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